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The Moat House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Appleby Magna, Leicestershire

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Latitude: 52.685 / 52°41'5"N

Longitude: -1.5339 / 1°32'2"W

OS Eastings: 431604

OS Northings: 309798

OS Grid: SK316097

Mapcode National: GBR 6HP.P0F

Mapcode Global: WHCGT.DSS0

Entry Name: The Moat House

Listing Date: 16 December 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1361263

English Heritage Legacy ID: 187899

Location: Appleby Magna, North West Leicestershire, Leicestershire, DE12

County: Leicestershire

District: North West Leicestershire

Civil Parish: Appleby Magna

Built-Up Area: Appleby Magna

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Appleby Magna and Swepstone with Snarestone and Norton-juxta-Twycross

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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Listing Text

SK 30 NW
6/11 The Moat House
16.12.52 II*
House, partly mediaeval, C16 and later centuries. 2 storeys comprising a
C15 gatehouse with C16 timber-framed hall and solar section. Timber-framed
rectangle set behind and to left of gatehouse, the resulting rear square filled
in by C19 addition. A twin span plain tiled roof, one span over gatehouse,
the other over rest. Gatehouse front of ashlar with stone plinth. Ashlar
continues round to half of gable ends which are otherwise C19 brick.
Stonework has shaped stone string courses, first floor cut back. Heads of
4 large buttresses once on edge of moat visible. This part only filled in.
Front door, left of centre, is original gateway with 3 centred arch. Left
a crosslet renewed C20 and right a 1-light window. Above a renewed
rectangular framed tablet of 3 quatrefoils enclosing 3 plain shields.
Above a 3-light mullion window with renewed pointed arches. To left a
renewed 2-light mullion window with cusped arches. To right a similar
though probably original window and the projecting stone channel of a stone
drainage bowl inside. First floor string course interrupted by later
rebuilding. Gatehouse left gable ashlar contains a narrow slit opening
below and a 2-light mullion cusped-headed window above. Otherwise 2 C19
windows. Right gable ashlar contains a 1-light window below otherwise C19
windows. The timber-framed section is of 2 bays with close studding,
angle braces, plastered infill; its stone plinth set 1m to rear of gatehouse.
There is a large central stone chimney with C19 brick ridge stack. On
front visible to left of gatehouse 7-light wooden mullion below and 4-light
above. On left gable end small 4-light wooden mullion on first floor and
brick gable with 3-light casement. Rear wall is part timber-framed, part
stone of central chimney and part C19 ashlar. Various windows including
5-light mullion below. To left the C19 addition with various doors and
casements. A C19 brick stack in valley between this and gatehouse.
Interior: exposed stone and timber-framed walls. A series of carved
stone panels probably from earlier house above fireplace of left ground floor
room of C16 section. Stone arched fireplace in dining room.

"Appleby Magna is the best preserved mediaeval house on a moated site. The
original late 15th century gatehouse still stands practically unaltered, and
behind it is one of the best examples of 'black and white' timber-framed
houses in the county ....., replacing the original mediaeval manor house of
the Appleby family who had been squires here as far back as the reign of
Henry II. George Appleby sold the ancestral manor in 1560, and the half
timbered house may have been built immediately afterwards by the new owner."
Hoskins, W.G., The Heritage of Leicestershire, 2nd Edition, Leicester 1950,
pp 1, 14-16.

Listing NGR: SK3160409798

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